UPDATE: The NFL has upheld Gronkowski's suspension. He will miss the Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday, Dec. 11.
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ORIGINAL: The NFL has suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for violating the league's unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.
The NFL Vice President of Football Communications tweeted the news that Gronk would be suspended without pay for one game.
Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for 1 game for violation of unnecessary roughness rules pic.twitter.com/ySlimskMdh— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 4, 2017
In his letter to Gronk, NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan said in part:
"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury. The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday."
Gronk says he will appeal the suspension. If the suspension is upheld, Gronk will return to the roster on Tuesday, Dec. 12 following the team's Dec. 11 Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins.
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